Omeprazole (Prilosec®) is a prescription drug approved to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, H. pylori infections, and pathological hypersecretory conditions. It comes in capsule form and is available in 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg strengths. Omeprazole packets for oral suspension are also available.
There is also a nonprescription version of this medication available, omeprazole OTC. This medication, which is licensed to treat frequent heartburn, comes in tablet or capsule form and is only available in a 20 mg strength.
For people who have difficulty swallowing capsules, omeprazole capsules can be opened and the contents sprinkled onto a spoonful of applesauce. However, omeprazole tablets should not be cut, crushed, or chewed. Both medications are taken once or twice a day.
(Click Omeprazole to learn more about the uses of prescription omeprazole capsules and nonprescription omeprazole tablets, to find out how the medication works, and for a list of potential side effects.)